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Government investment in airBaltic will return multiple times for Latvia - Martin Gauss

On May 11, the CEO of airBaltic Martin Gauss presented and shared the experience on how airBaltic is dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, how the new business strategy looks and what the future holds for Baltic economies.  Preparedness and fast adaption to the situation.  airBaltic had a well-developed crisis plan for various economic and operational crisis of the...

To overcome crisis - airBaltic secures equity

The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia, as the majority shareholder of Latvian airline airBaltic, has today approved the investment of up to EUR 250 million into the equity of airBaltic in order to mitigate the company to overcome the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Martin Gauss, the CEO of airBaltic, said: “With this new equity investment, we...

Riga Airport is getting ready to resume flights

In preparation for the resumption of international passenger traffic after the end of the emergency situation, Riga Airport is working on additional preventive measures at the Airport terminal to protect employees and passengers and limit the spread of COVID-19, as well as planning the necessary personnel and infrastructure resources for a gradual increase of the number of flights. In order to...

Martin Gauss on situation in aviation industry, airBaltic present and future

I am born Latvian. Despite possible critics, for me it is a special feeling, a proud, to see green tail of airBaltic aicraft arround the Europe. The actual situation in aviation industry is more than complicated for giants, it is quite evident that it is even more difficult for smaller companies.  I had the opportunity to discuss the present and the future of Latvian airline with Martin Gauss...

What happens to airBaltic aircraft during downtime

Currently most of airBaltic’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft are parked wing by wing at Riga International Airport, waiting for the moment they can take off above the clouds again. Only some of them continue operating special flights to bring home the inhabitants of the Baltic States and transport face masks and respirators for medical needs. Meanwhile technical department continues work...

airBaltic Schedules Additional Flights from Vienna, Frankfurt and Amsterdam

After a request from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and with permit from the Ministry of Transport, Latvian airline airBaltic has scheduled additional special flights from Vienna, Frankfurt and Amsterdam to Riga and vice versa. These flights one way will be able to transport up to 140 passengers. Flight to and from Vienna will take place on April 29. Flights to...

Significant cost reduction achieved by airBaltic

Since the beginning of the crisis caused by the spread of the Coronavirus, Latvian airline airBaltic has taken severe steps to ensure sufficient liquidity of the company enabling airBaltic to operate during a longer period with lower demand. airBaltic took a decision to decrease its overall capacity between April 15 and October 31, 2020, cancelling approximately 50% of...

airBaltic Carries Next One Million Face Masks to Latvia

Latvian airline airBaltic this week performed the second special cargo flight to and from Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport in China, bringing around one million face masks made in Zhejiang and Jiangsu regions to Latvia. The total flight time to the Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport was 6 hours, but the flight back on April 10 took 6 hours and 50...

Difficult upcoming months for airBaltic - further reduction of capacity

As the Coronavirus crisis continues, significantly affecting demand for air travel, airBaltic is forced to further decrease its overall capacity between April 15 and October 31, 2020, cancelling approximately 50% of its flights. Currently the airline is in the process of adjusting its network and flight schedule according to temporarily reduced fleet in the beginning of restarting the sc...

airBaltic Carries Face Masks and Respirators to Latvia

After a request from National Health Service of the Republic of Latvia this weekend airBaltic performed a special cargo flight to and from Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport in China, bringing 900 000 face masks and 80 000 respirators made in Zhengzhou and Yiwu regions to Latvia. The special flight with airBaltic Airbus A220-300 registered as YL-C...

airBaltic Suspends All Flight Operations from March 17

The Government of the Republic of Latvia made a decision to tighten the security measures and suspend international air traffic starting on March 17 in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus. All airBaltic connections will be temporarily suspended starting on March 17 until April 14, 2020 inclusive, including operations of airBaltic from Estonia and Lithuania. Martin Gauss...

airBaltic Pilot Academy opens new hangar in Liepaja

President of the Republic of Latvia Egils Levits, airBaltic Training and the airline’s cooperation partners, opened a new hangar in Liepaja today, on March 12, which construction started last August. “If we look at the Baltic countries, airBaltic is the main passenger service provider, and airBaltic figures show that it is a growing company expanding into...